Since the first man perceived and used his environment, there has existed a reciprocal man-land relationship. The physical environment provides opportunities for man's use and also sets limitations. Man's perception and use of his environment is greatly influenced by his culture, which consists of past experience, technology, attitudes, and needs. It is these factors that determine what a man will see as possibilities in land use, and how he will use his environment.
In the case of the relic Mormon Culture Region, Mormon religious beliefs highly influenced perception of the environment. Most visual geographical features of the landscape in the relic Mormon Culture Region were influenced by religious doctrines and practices. General examples of such landscape features in the region are: rural-urban pattern, agriculture activities and patterns, urban landscape, vegetation, irrigation systems, buildings, settlement patterns, and natural resource exploitation.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Geography
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Campbell, Lester D., "Perception and Land Use: the Case of the Mormon Culture Region" (1974). All Theses and Dissertations. 4581.
Utah, Description, travel, Land use, Mormon landscape, Mormon doctrine